Posted Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 9:55 AM
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  • Thanks, Brian. Even after thirty years, I miss my bug, which got stolen almost that far back by someone thinking they needed it worse than I did. I hung mine up when I retired from the Navy. I never could send as fast as I could copy, my best in send, I believe was about 40, and my receive got up to 65 with coded groups. By the mid seventies, we no longer copied plain language, only encrypted groups, which never had the rhythm of plain language. I knew a couple guys who could 'swing' at about 80, as it made the toes tap with the rhythm, sort of like a great drummer playing.

    Maybe not correct, but you say well about the key saving the day in the movie Independence day, and should an EMP be detonated, code operators may well be in very high demand, me thinks. But that fits another subject better.

    Have fun with your bug, and watch how quickly you pick up speed, and rhythm.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 6:26 PM
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